9 Male Stars Who Battled (& are Slowly Overcoming) an Eating Disorder
We’re pretty familiar with female stars who struggled to overcome an eating disorder. Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and Troian Bellisario are among some of the biggest names who were brave enough to share their stories. But believe it or not, women aren’t the only ones who suffer from eating disorders. Guys suffer from them, too; YouTube personality Tyler Oakley recently revealed that he’s one of them.
In an interview with Seventeen, he said, “Talking about it is really hard because it’s something I suppress and work through every day. And I haven’t really talked about body image in videos.” He went on to say that “It’s not about clothes fitting. It’s not about feeling chubbier than normal. I’d beat myself up over a day that I’m not active. If I’m lazy, then I feel grody.”
Considering how cheerful and carefree he always looks in his videos, we’d have never guessed that he was privately struggling with an disturbing eating habits. But thankfully, he mentioned that he’s doing a lot better now, just like the rest of these famous guys who managed to overcome their struggles with eating disorders:
Tyler happens to be one of the funniest guys on YouTube, but unbeknownst to his fans, he was privately struggling with an eating disorder. He told Seventeen, "Talking about it is really hard because it's something I suppress and work through every day." And he also added, "I haven't really talked about body image in videos. I assume when people read this, they’ll be like, 'Oh, you're not fat.' That's not what it's about at all. Even when I was the skinniest I'd ever been, I was still not happy."
Tyler talked about his experience in his autobiography, Binge, and told Out magazine that he feels his story can help other people who have been through it.